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Dorm Days Are Back Again

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In the first few days of school, it’s easy to make rookie mistakes. Better to be well equipped from the get go with swanky dorm décor, all the necessary accessories, cool tech toys, and mementos from home.

First thing’s first — make your bed. With this 22-piece dorm set, complete with full bedding, a foam bed topper, bed bug protector, throw blanket, and towel and toiletry sets, you couldn’t be more prepared if you tried.

Put your fondest memories on display with canvases of your favorite photographs, and definitely don’t leave home without multi-purpose headphones to get you through workouts, paper writing, and potentially snoring roommates.

Guarantee that your space is the most popular on campus by having the very best of tech, such as the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker, and host everyone’s favorite movie nights with a 32-in Samsung LED HDTV. And when you’re craving some me-time, belt it out with this Bluetooth shower speaker.

And maybe you can find some time to go to classes and the library too.

Take 15% off today through Sunday night by using promo code “15BACK” at purchase. Click here for details.

Code Mode at LivingSocial HQ

Our DC HQ was proud to host the Women Who Code DC meetup last week. Approximately 90 coders came by for a panel discussion led by three talented women developers who shared stories on how they learned to code, and how they clinched their first jobs as software developers.

The conversation covered the gamut from favorite projects to more serious topics, including age and gender in the coding world. This was the first Women Who Code event for more than a third of the audience, and coding bootcamps were a hot topic for the aspiring developers. The panelists’ advice before laying down your hard earned cash? Research! Talk to current and past students at each bootcamp you’re considering, and make sure the program has what you need from a work and life balance.

We love the chance to partner with groups like Women Who Code DC for many reasons – their mission to help women advance in technology careers aligns closely with our goal to provide team members with new and different challenges and opportunities. Inviting groups in to our space also provides us a great chance to shine a spotlight on some of the work we do. We’ve even met new hires through these events!

If you’re part of a meetup group that could be a good fit for LivingSocial to host, email us, and let’s talk.


Learn to Code


Gone are the days of paper and pencil – the digital world is where it’s at. Come with us behind the binary curtain to learn with Mammouth Interactive how to walk the walk and talk code.

Founder John Bura graduated college and after experiencing a difficult job search, began teaching himself the coding language C# with only a DVD guide. In 2010, he released his own XBOX 360 game and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Bura runs Mammouth Interactive with the hopes of helping others of varying coding experience to undergo the same success. He’s one of the top Udemy instructors of all time, and the four most popular classes he offers are one-hour classes in HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

One of his most successful students is Jay Salton, who created Monsters Unleased, in which a wizard duels undead monsters. Salton created his first game only one week after he found Mammouth Interactive’s HTML5 course online. “When people like Jay release their own app,” Bura says, “we know that we are doing our job correctly.”

The goal of Mammouth, says Bura, is “to give our customers the same experience of zero to hero without breaking the bank.” His deal on LivingSocial includes lifetime access to the classes and even has an option for a kids’ bundle.

Head back to school this fall, and make your coding skills shine. Register for Mammouth Interactive’s coding classes here.

Cool Stuff

Have you checked out LivingSocial’s Cool Stuff?

A guide full of tips and tricks for the savviest of shoppers, our Cool Stuff will help you take advantage of our best features, like how to redeem your Daily Gem or get a deal for free!

Never let a voucher go unused again with our Good Deal Guarantee. Learn about our mobile options for shopping on the go, or how to gift the perfect deal for that special someone. LivingSocial’s Shopper Elizabeth will help you through it all.

Be cool. Shop smart. Start now here.

Wine and Dine at LA Food & Wine Festival

The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is back August 20-24 and we’re your ticket to epicurean paradise.

Celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and wineries, and live entertainment will take over the streets of Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Downtown LA. With more than a hundred chefs and dozens upon dozens of sommeliers, wineries, and breweries, it’s a gathering of the world’s foremost culinary talent. Expect the best.

This isn’t a one-day affair, either – there are many great events, all for your eating pleasure. Get cooking with Iron Chef Morimoto, learn exquisite food and wine pairings with the First Lady of Fromage, or even party at Lexus presents LIVE on Grand with host Chef Michael Chiarello.

Perhaps the best part of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is that it lets you dine and do good at the same time. The festival supports two charities: The Berkley Foundation, which works to enrich the lives of children in need, and Share Our Strength, which strives to end hunger and poverty worldwide.

And if you’re looking for a place to kick your heels up in style post-food-coma, check into Loews Hollywood Hotel. Just steps away from the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre, it’ll round out your meals with a side of easy sightseeing.

Bon appétit!

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